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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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A rare shrub of coastal hammocks and dunes from Martin County south to the Keys, and including the mainland portion of Monroe County. The range of this species includes the Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto Rico and Grand Cayman.
This unarmed plant with woody stems may grow to 2 m (~ 6') tall. The leaves are alternate, entire, oblong or lanceolate, and covered with minute, coarse hairs. The leaves can be up to 10 cm (4 in.) long and 3cm (1-1/4 in.) wide. The flowers, with a form typical of the nightshades, have five narrow blue petals. The fruit hangs in rows, initially green, then maturing to a bright red berry.
Some divide this species into three varieties, in which case the plants pictured here, having leaves longer than 2.5 cm, would be of the variety luxurians and would be a Florida endemic found only in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
Other species of the Solanum genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
View Solanum capsicoides - SODA APPLE
View Solanum viarum - TROPICAL SODA APPLE
View Solanum chenopodioides - BLACK NIGHTSHADE
View Solanum dulcamara - CLIMBING NIGHTSHADE
View Solanum americanum - AMERICAN BLACK NIGHTSHADE